Snowflake Kisses

Snowflake Kisses Card

As I finished up my Christmas Cards for the season,

I thought I’d make one last card that isn’t traditionally Christmas.

I wanted to make a Winter card that would work for a Winter Birthday

or Valentine’s Day. (but could also work for a Christmas card)

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Snowflake Kisses Card

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Snowflake Kisses Card

Directions:

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • Line up the “Snow Couple Die” over the stamped image.  Place a small piece of tape over the edge of the die to keep it in place.
  • Die-cut the Snow Couple out.
  • Use the Tombow Markers* to watercolor and color the stamped image.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the frame: Cut a 5″ x 6″ piece of “Christmas Lights” paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad. 
  • Place the paper into the Xyron Creative Station®* design side up. Crank the handle to move it through the machine. As it moves through, it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Die-cut the paper using dies from the Nested Rectangle Die Set. Adhere the frame onto a piece of “snowflake paper” from the Doodles Pad.

Snowflake Kisses Card

  • For the Card Front:  Cut a small strip of striped paper from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad, run it through the Xyron Creative Station®* to add adhesive to the back. Die-cut the word “LOVE” using the Alphabet Dies.
  • Add thin 3D foam squares* on the back of the snowman couple and adhere inside the frame. Adhere the word LOVE over the snowman couple.
  • Adhere the frame onto a turquoise cardstock layer and a white cardstock base.
  • Finished Card Measures 5″ x 6 1/4″.

Sugar Cookies for Santa Card

Cookies for Santa Card

One of my favorite Holiday Traditions is making Frosted Sugar Cookies.

I use the same recipe year after year.

It’s a simple recipe, written on a piece of notebook paper in my mom’s handwriting.

She wrote out the recipe and gave it to me the first Christmas after I married.

It’s stained, and the edges are tattered.  (I keep it in a protective sleeve now.)

I think of her every time I make them.  (sugar cookie recipe at the end of the post)

Cookies for Santa Card

The “Cookies for Santa” card is just about as easy to make as the cookies themself.  

And you don’t have to wait for it to cool before enjoying it.

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Cookies for Santa Card

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Cookies for Santa Card

Directions:

  • It’s important to use white pigment ink* and white embossing powder* to get the whitest white cookie outline.
  • Stamp the cookie outline with white pigment ink onto kraft cardstock.
  • Pour a small amount of white embossing powder over the stamped image, shake off excess powder.  (If you pour over a piece of scratch paper you can easily repour the excess powder back into the jar.)
  • Use an embossing heat tool* to melt the powder until shiny.

Cookies for Santa Card

  • Align the matching die with the stamped image and die-cut using the Mini Maker Die-Cut Machine.
  • The raised embossed edges make it easy to watercolor.  Use a waterbrush* along with a combination of markers and inks to watercolor the stamped images.
  • I used paper and labels from the Christmas Doodles Paper Pad for the front of the card.
  • This Christmas Card called for something a little shiny, so I added a piece of red foiled paper as a layer.
  • Adhere the frosted cookies onto the front of the card using thin foam squares.
  • Tie a red bow to finish off the card.

Snowman Cookie Tag

The Snowman Cookie Tag would look great on a wrapped plate of fresh Christmas cookies.

The base was made using a die from the Nested Arch Die Set.

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Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe

Here’s Mom’s Recipe.  (Enjoy!)

  • 1- 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. Cream sugar & butter, add egg & flavoring, mix thoroughly.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together and stir in.  (I dump)
  3. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Heat oven to 375°.
  5. Divide dough in half & roll out on lightly floured pastry sheet.
  6. Roll thin, but thick enough to pick up the design with the cookie cutters.
  7. Dip cookie cutter into flour before each cutting.  Cut as many cookies from each rolling as possible.  The least amount of working with the dough gives the best cookie.
  8. Place on lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake 7 to 8 min. or until delicately golden.
  • For the Glaze I dump around a cup of powdered sugar into a bowl.  Add a dash of vanilla.    Add milk one tablespoon at a time until you get the consistency you want.  (hint:  not too runny)

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Add a little “WOW” to your Holiday presents this year…

with a sweet Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament.

The Holiday Shaker Tag made using The Shaker Ornament Die and a few Holiday Shaker

Sprinkles is the perfect addition for those who like to shake the presents.

Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

Go ahead and shake it…

The nice thing about the shaker tag is once they’ve opened the present,

they can use the Winter Globe Shaker Tag as an ornament.

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Winter Snow Globe Shaker Tag Ornament

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How to make a Elegant and Easy Christmas Card

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

Elegant and Easy, Quick and Simple…

that pretty much sums up this beautiful Holiday Card made with the Believe Die Set

from The Maker’s Movement.

Don’t tell my family, but this may be this year’s Christmas Card.

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

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Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

If you’re a fan of clean and simple cards, it doesn’t get much easier than this one.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 9407

Directions:  

  • Cut a 2 ½” x 5″ piece of cream cardstock.  Place the cardstock into the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini*.  Crank the handle of the Sticker Maker to run the paper through the machine.  As it runs through the machine it adds a complete layer of adhesive to the back of the paper.
  • Cut a gold foiled paper and run it through the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini*.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

  • Place the “believe” die sandwiched between the Mini Maker cutting plates.  Turn the handle to run the die through the Mini Maker Die Cut Machine.
  • By running the paper through the Xyron Create A Sticker Mini* first, it creates a sticker out of the die-cut piece.
  • Cut the gold background and stars using the adhesive gold foiled paper, die, and the Mini Maker.

Elegant and Easy Holiday Card

  • Cut a 3 ¾” x 5″ cream cardstock layer.  Place the gold foiled believe background, believe words and gold foiled stars directly onto the cardstock layer.
  • Place several thin 3D foam squares* onto the back of the cardstock layer.
  • Adhere the layer onto the front of a 4 ¼” x 5 ½” cream card.
  • Tie a simple gold ribbon around the front of the card.

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card

Warm & Cozy Snowflake Card-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 6066

How to make a Warm & Cozy Snowflake Christmas Card 

using the Sweater Embossing Folder* from Sizzix* and Eileen Hull.

I have a “thing” for cable-knit sweaters. (just ask my family)

So it comes as no surprise how much I love this new embossing folder.

It’s perfect for creating quick and easy cards.

Sizzix Eileen Hull 3D Sweater Embossing Folder       Sizzix Big Shot

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Warm & Cozy Embossed Sweater Card

Directions:

  • To create the embossed sweater layer, place a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of cream cardstock into the Sweater Embossing Folder*.  Place the embossing folder onto the Sizzix Big Shot* platform.   Crank the handle of the Big Shot* to run the embossing folder through the machine.
  • Adhere the embossed layer onto the blueberry cardstock layer. Adhere those layers onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ cream cardstock base.
  • Add adhesive to the back of the wood snowflake and adhere to the front of the card. Add the adhesive pearl to the center of the snowflake.
  • Tie a small bow and glue it onto the top of the snowflake.
  • Using a computer generated font, print the words “warm & cozy” onto a piece of cream cardstock.  Cut the cardstock into a strip with a v notch on each end. Place thin foam mounting squares under the cardstock strip and add to the front of the card under the wood snowflake.

FYI…This is a thick card.  You will need extra postage to mail it.  (It might be best to hand deliver.)

Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder

Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

The Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder is great for sticking a little money

or a Starbucks gift card.  Who wouldn’t love getting that for Christmas?

The card uses the Coffee Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

The sleeve around the coffee cup uses the NEW Eileen Hull Sweater Embossing Plate*.

Coffee Die Set from The Maker's Movement    Maker's Movement Alphabet Die Set

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Holiday Joy Gift Card Money Holder

Directions:

  • The tri-fold card was made from a 5 ½” x 9 ¾” piece of Kraft Cardstock. I scored the cardstock on the 3 ¼” and 6 ½” mark.
  • Adhere the green plaid layer to the gold cardstock layer. Adhere onto the front of the tri-fold card.
  • Assemble and adhere the die-cut pieces of the coffee cup onto the front of the card. The red plaid pieces and vellum coffee lid have been made into stickers using a Xyron Creative Station.  The “coffee sleeve” was embossed using the sweater embossing folder.
  • Remove the backing off the gridded transfer paper. Apply the transfer paper over the word “Holiday”.  Gently rub over the transfer paper to make sure the word has transferred.  Apply onto the top of the card.
  • Add clear adhesive enamel dots to the lid of the coffee cup.
  • The transfer paper is reusable. Use the transfer paper to apply the small snowflake onto the cup.
  • On the inside of the card… Open the trifold card. Adhere the thin red plaid adhesive strip to the top of the cream cardstock layer.  (Leave a 1/8” margin on the top) Trim the excess paper strip.  Using the transfer paper, transfer the word “Enjoy” under the red strip.
  • On the third-panel measure and mark 1 ½” on the outside edge of the panel. On the inside fold of the third panel, measure and mark 2 ½”.  Draw a line from the 2 ½” mark to the 1 ½” mark.  Cut along the line and the inside fold to create a diagonal pocket flap.  Adhere the thin green strip to the top of the diagonal panel and trim excess.
  • Punch a small hole in the center of the green panel and attach the small cream tag with twine. Apply the small red plaid heart to the center of the tag.
  • Add adhesive to the bottom and side of the flap. Adhere flap to the center panel.

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Cozy Watercolor Leaves

Cozy Watercolor Leaves Card

I love fall, cooler weather, and changing leaves.

It makes me want to make everything in my home warm and cozy.

Grab a nice bowl of soup and a comfy sweatshirt, and it’s the perfect setting for just staying in.

M12623-Lets-Get-Cozy Die Set from The Maker's Movement

I also love the new Let’s Get Cozy Die Set from The Maker’s Movement.

A great cardmaking or scrapbooking die set for Fall or any time of the year.

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Cozy Watercolor Leaves

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Cozy Watercolor Leaves

Cozy Watercolor Leaves Cardmaking Tips…

  • One of my favorite tips for die-cutting small pieces is to run the paper through the Xyron Creative Station* to add a layer of adhesive to the back before I die-cut. The paper pieces become stickers which make adhering them to cards very easy.
  • Die-cut the leaves out of cream cardstock.
  • Watercolor the leaves using ink from an ink pad and a waterbrush. I applied the ink directly onto a lamented piece of paper (or use a non-porous surface) and picked up the ink with the waterbrush.

Cozy Watercolor Leaves

Cozy Watercolor Leaves Cardmaking Tips Continued

  • The card measures 5″ x 6 ½”.
  • Cut a moss green cardstock layer 4¾” x 6 ¼”.  
  • Using the large circle die from the die set, cut a hole in the center of the cardstock layer. Adhere the layer onto a cream cardstock base.
  • Cut the words “let’s get cozy” out of champagne luster adhesive vinyl. Remove backing from the vinyl and apply it to the center of the circle.
  • Build a layered wreath on the top and bottom of the circle. Add small dots using the small circles dies from the set to the top of the card.

Sue’s 2021 Holiday Workshop

Sue's 2021 Holiday Workshop Samples

Sue’s 2021 Holiday Workshop…

After much contemplation, I’ve decided that Sue’s Holiday Workshop will be

virtual again this year.  Fingers crossed, we’ll be together next year.

Anyway…I’m kind of excited about this year’s kit.

I’ve worked hard to find ideas to inspire you with new things to try.

Here’s how it works…

When you order a kit, you’ll get supplies to make all the projects with detailed instructions.  You’ll also gain access to a Private Facebook Group where I will share videos of the project.

Here’s what we’ll be making:

  • Snowflake Welcome Wood Door Hanger:   great for hanging on the front door or adding to the center of a wreath  (you’ll be able to choose between a white or red snowflake welcome)
  • Holiday Joy Gift Card/Money Holder
  • Merry Christmas Shaker Card
  • Warm & Cozy Embossed Cable Knit Sweater Card  
  • Flannel Embroidery Hoop Ornament  (choice of red plaid flannel (shown), red and black buffalo plaid flannel, or a soft grey plaid flannel  (more pictures coming)

Included in the Kit:

  • Card layers and Stamped Pieces, Embellishments, Shaker Sprinkles, Ribbon, Twine, 3D Foam Squares and Envelopes
  • 10″ Wood Circle
  • 2 ft. Grey and Buffalo Plaid Ribbon
  • Greenery and Jingle Bell
  • Pre-cut Snowflake Welcome cut out of White or Red Ultra Metallic Glitter Vinyl
  • Transfer Paper
  • 3″ Embroidery Hoop
  • Flannel
  • Twill Ribbon
  • Pre-Cut Removeable Vinyl Words to use as a Stencil on the Twill Ribbon
  • Pine Craft Stem and Small Berry Sprig

You will need to provide:  (not included in kit)

  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Tape Runner
  • Craft Glue

The cost of the Kit is $25.00*  
*Local Pick Up Available, Shipping is an Additional $9.00

There will be a limited amount of kits available, so reserve yours today.
Holiday Workshop Kits will be available November 1st to pick up or ship.

Email: suesholidayworkshop@yahoo.com to reserve your kit.

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Are you looking for a Fun Project to make for the Holidays? 

The Make it Merry Notecard Folio made using Eileen Hull and Sizzix’s Folio Journal Die*

and the adorable Simple Stories Make it Merry Collection*

The Notecard Folio would make a great gift.

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Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Did you Hear?

I will be teaching a Special Holiday Class on Saturday, November 6th,

and Wednesday, November 10th, at The Paper Forest in Washington, Illinois.

Both classes will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Contact the store at 309-745-3440 to sign up or for more information.  

As many of you know, Tammy announced that the store will close at the end of this year.

It makes me sad to lose this store. It is a great store!

I’ve enjoyed shopping there for many years.  

Tammy will continue to offer Holiday Classes throughout November.

These Holiday Classes are their last Hurrah!  

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

Class Description:

Join Sue Eldred and learn how to create a Holiday Notecard Folio using Eileen Hull’s Folio Journal Die from Sizzix and Simple Stories Make It Merry Collection.  You will be using the Xyron Creative Station and mat board to create the folio and six Holiday notecards.  Perfect for gift giving or to use yourself.  

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

There are several ways to use the Eileen Hull Folio Die. 

I will be bringing additional samples to share with you.

Make it Merry Notecard Folio

We will make six cards with envelopes that fit into the Notecard Folio.

Please join me this November at The Paper Forest.  www.thepaperforest.com

Fall Woodland Friends Card

Fall Woodland Friends Card

How to make a Fall Woodland Friends Card.

I have another fun fall card to share with you today with warm fall colors

and sweet furry friends.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

I know I say this all the time, but I think the Fall Woodland Friends Stamp Set and the

coordinating die set from The Maker’s Movement are just about the cutest sets ever.

Mix it with the Autumn Breeze paper for a great combination.  (I love the colors in this pad.)

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Fall Woodland Friends Card

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Fall Woodland Friends Card

Details and Helpful Tips for making the Fall Woodland Friends Card…

  • When coloring stamped images with markers, I like to stamp my image on watercolor paper first. The watercolor paper helps when blending the inks.
  • It’s best to use a fast-drying permanent ink, like VersaFine Black Instant Dry Pigment Ink*. The Versafine ink keeps your stamped outline from bleeding when coloring the image.
  •  I like to stamp the images that I will be working with several times on watercolor paper to experiment with different color combinations.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Start with a darker marker and color and bring shades to the outside edge of the image, do not fully color the stamped image.
  • Choose a second lighter marker to blend the darker colors.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Align the coordinating die with the stamped image.  Place a small piece of washi tape (or a removable tape) to hold the die in place while die-cutting.
  • Run the stamped image and die through the Mini Maker Die-Cutting Machine to cut out the image.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • “Fussy-cut” a 1 1/2″ border using the “fall leaves” paper from the Autumn Breeze paper pad.
  • It helps when fussy cutting to use detail scissors.
  • To cover up the white core of the paper, I use a light gray marker to color the edges of the paper.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Layer a strip of striped paper onto a 2″ plaid strip of paper. (both from the paper pad)
  • Adhere the “fall leaves” border and the “striped” layer onto the 6″ x 6″ turquoise leaves paper.
  • Cut the card front to 4″ x 6″.
  • I used 3D Foam Squares* to adhere the Woodland Friends to the front of the card.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

  • Adhere the card front onto a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ turquoise cardstock layer and then onto a 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ pumpkin-colored cardstock layer.
  • My finished card is 5″ x 7″.
  • I didn’t have a top folding 5″ x 7″ card, so I made one. I used watercolor paper as my card base.
  • Adhere the card front to a 5″ x 7″ piece of watercolor paper.
  • Cut a second piece of watercolor paper 5″ x 8″. Score the paper at 1″ from the top and fold over.
  • Adhere the card front onto the folded tab.
  • Tie a piece of orange ribbon onto the front of the card. The ribbon hides the folded tab.

Fall Woodland Friends Card

The Fall Woodland Friends would look cut on tags, on a scrapbook layout, or in a pop-up card.